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About the Commission

The Commission on Public Relations Education is composed of public relations educators and practitioners representing 15 professional societies in PR and related fields of communications.

In October 2012, the Commission released its most recent report, Standards for a Master’s Degree in Public Relations: Educating for Complexity. Through investigation and research, standards for graduate-level public relations education aim to elevate curricula and streamline programs.

Since 1975, the Commission has presented recommendations on public relations education. Colleges and universities throughout the world have adopted these recommendations enhancing the relevance and quality of public relations master’s education.

The Commission on Public Relations Education is the authoritative voice on public relations education. Informed by ongoing research, it provides essential data and knowledge to educators, educational administrators, students, practitioners and other organizational decision-makers. CPRE membership includes representatives from a broad range of professional and educational associations from North America and other parts of the world. Members of the Commission represent for the Arthur W. Page Society, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Canadian Public Relations Association, the Council of Public Relations Firms, the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, the Institute for Public Relations, the International Association of Business Communicators, the International Communication Association, the International Communications Consultancy Organization, the National Communication Association, the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, and the PRSA Foundation, among other stakeholders.

Vision

The Commission on Public Relations Education (CPRE) strives to be:

  • A forum for advancing public relations education with a global perspective.
  • An authoritative global voice on public relations education.

Mission

The Commission seeks to establish benchmarks for teaching public relations that are current, research-based, sensitive to culture and language and applicable to preparing public relations students for a career in practice, research or teaching. The Commission chooses projects from the full spectrum of activity in the education field including researching and identifying factors that encourage or deter students from choosing a career in public relations.

Context

Since 1975, the Commission has presented recommendations on public relations education at both collegiate and professional levels. Colleges, universities and professional associations throughout the world have adopted and adapted these recommendations, enhancing the relevance and quality of public relations education.

Structure

CPRE membership includes representatives from a broad range of public relations professional and educational associations from North America and other parts of the world. The Commission may also invite other organizations to participate in its work either as a full member or to assist with a specific project. A list of current members of the Commission can be found on the Commission web site